Jeffrey K. Wickliffe

Articles by Jeffrey K. Wickliffe

14 April 2011

Wildlife and Chernobyl: The scientific evidence for minimal impacts

Robert J. BakerJeffrey K. Wickliffe

The ongoing Fukushima disaster will inevitably provoke a new examination of the biological effects of radiation from nuclear accidents, and it has already had a major influence on nuclear power initiatives worldwide. At present, the extent and levels of radioactive contamination around the reactor and in the affected Japanese prefectures is unknown, so any predictions of the effects on human and ecological populations would rely on mere speculation. However, our experience with the native fauna exposed to the Chernobyl environment may provide some insights.